Jordan could have played for a song
Sunday at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Michael Jordan's hand-picked team of athletes lost, 7-1, in a charity softball game to Grammy Award-winning singer Michael Bolton and members of his band.
Bolton's Bombers easily beat Jordan's Air Force for one simple reason: Bolton's musicians could play softball. They do frequently and successfully when they are on tour.
Jordan's team was comprised of Magic Johnson and Stacey King from basketball, hockey's Chris Chelios, boxer Evander Holyfield, ex-football stars Ahmad Rashad and Mark Harmon and entertainers Hammer and Tom Selleck.
Softball aside, here are some of the highlights:
* Selleck made a belly-whopper slide into third base in the first inning.
* When Jordan moved to left field, he fielded Bolton's ground single and threw to first, almost getting the player who was allowed to run for the singer. White Sox strongman Bo Jackson, acting as manager, came out, "argued" the call and was "ejected" by base umpire Ernie Furrer.
* After the game, Bolton waved his winner's trophy.
"If Michael Jordan wants to see this, I'll send him pictures," the singer said. "If Michael Jordan is man enough, he can have a rematch."
But he was having fun
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jose Rijo has been ordered to turn in his water guns.
"It was fun and I know people enjoy it, but I don't want to cause any problems," Rijo said before the Reds' game with the Florida Marlins.
Several times, Rijo had sprayed into the stands and on teammates with "super soaker" water guns. He said no teammates or fans had complained, but general manager Jim Bowden called a halt to the sprayings during the Reds' last homestand.
He said he was turning over his set of three water weapons to his 4-year-old son Jose Jr.
Russ Little, a judo competitor in the U.S. Olympic Festival, is president of Afro World in Normandy, Mo., a mail-order company that sells hair products to beauticians.
"The festival is the Olympics for me," Little said. "The Olympic Games themselves are for athletes who train 40 hours a week. I work 60 hours a week."
National champion weightlifter Mark Henry, 22, wants to be the world's strongest man. He also wants to be a role model.
"I don't do bad stuff," he said. "I don't smoke. I don't drink. I do a lot of things in the community. I like to be around kids, because I'm a kid myself."
A big kid. He weighs 355 pounds, wears an XXXXXL shirt, a Size 62 jacket and 16EEE shoes.
By the horns